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Burt to retire after more than 30 years

Scott Seitz • May 22, 2011 at 5:37 PM

After more than 30 years at St. Paul, Juli Burt directed her final spring concert Sunday afternoon.

Several members of the audience could be heard saying right before the first number they new this would be an emotional day.

The Joan C. Camp Auditorium was nearly full on a sunny Sunday.

The program began with a song featuring Sean Brewster on flute, Trevor Young on clarinet and CJ Livengood on piano.

Burt was particularly complimentary of Livengood, saying he played his part completely from memory.

The choir then played a number of tunes, including "Peace in this House," "sun, moon, stars, rain," "O, America," "The Spinning Song," "When I Hear Music," and "West Side Story Medley."

"The Spinning Song" and "West Side Story Medley" drew thunderous applause from the crowd.

The concert also included performances from the pulp faction, high school jazz band, alumni jazz band and combined jazz bands.

The high school jazz band performed "Autumn Leaves," "Here, There and Everywhere" and "Birdland."

The alumni jazz band played "25 or 6 to 4," and "Blues in the Night" while the combined jazz bands knocked downBoom," "Brian's Song" and "I've Got the Music in Me."

Burt thanked piano accompanist Mark Niese for his many years of service to the program.

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